Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) will start a pilot project in Jasin, Melaka this month to assess the technical, safety and commercial viability of using TNB’s electrical infrastructure for the government’s National Connectivity Plan (NCP) that will allow faster, cheaper and wider Internet availability.
TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie said the pilot project which would be completed by year end, would cover 1,100 out of 4,300 households in three areas, namely Taman Merbau, Taman Maju and Felda Kemendor, in Jasin.
He was speaking at the launch of the TNB National Connectivity Plan pilot project yesterday. Also present were state Communications, Multimedia, Youth and Sports exco Kerk Chee Yee and Jasin district officer Zamrud Yahya.
Under this project, the households will gain access to a high-speed broadband (HSBB) network that will be made available through TNB’s own fibre optics which forms part of the company’s existing telecommunication network.
Jasin’s location as a suburban town was selected to realise this pilot project as it provided an ideal composition of residential, community centres and government offices.
“The telecommunications system has always been an integral part of the utility industry. For TNB, we have been developing our telecommunication network all these years,” said Moggie.
He explained that the national electricity corporation’s telecommunication network now used fibre optics technology as part of the electricity grid operation’s design and requirements to ensure high reliability of electricity supply nationwide.
“Through this pilot project, TNB is exploring the potential of utilising the available capacity of TNB’s telecommunication assets for the National Connectivity Plan – identified as an important catalyst towards the digital economy without compromising the safety, security and reliability of the electricity supply network.”